The Uganda National Bureau of Standards [UNBS] has today destroyed over 232 metric tonnes of sub standardized good worth 2.5b shillings.
The substandard goods destroyed include foodstuffs, iron sheets, cosmetics, cement, mattresses, toilet paper, polythene bags, electronics and alcohol, among others. These were seized in different parts of the country during the UNBS cross-country operations on market surveillance and import inspection departments in2019/20.
Patricia Bageine Ejalu, the Deputy Executive Director UNBS said that destruction of these items is in line with UNBS mandate of enforcing standards in protection of public health and safety, and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products.
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She said that the destroyed products did not meet meet the general and technical specifications required by the standards and therefore regarded as of poor quality.
In a recent report by the UNBS, there are over 50% of the sub standardized products on the Ugandan market.
Ms Bageine urged importers and manufacturers to adhere to the set regulations in order to improve on the quality of their products.
She further appealed the public to report cases of fake products on the market to the UNBS and other authorities.